On This Day

Historical Events on May 31 (Part 2)

  • 1997 The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick
  • 1997 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win second straight title with a 23-7 victory over ACT Brumbies; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 2 conversions for the winners
  • 1999 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 2002 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
  • 2002 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3

Film Release

2004 "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the 3rd film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released in UK cinemas

  • 2004 British children's cartoon "Peppa Pig" created by Astley Baker Davies premieres on Channel 5
  • 2004 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Valhalla GC: Hale Irwin wins his 4th title in the event by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Jay Haas
  • 2005 Mark Felt, former FBI high ranking official revealed as "Deep Throat" source during Watergate investigations in "Vanity Fair" article

Album Release

2007 Rihanna releases her breakthrough album "Good Girl Gone Bad"

World Record

2008 Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds

  • 2008 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders claim their 7th title with a 20-12 win over NSW Waratahs; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties & a dropped goal for the home team
  • 2010 Gaza Flotilla raid: Israeli Shayetet 13 soldiers board ships trying to break blockade of Gaze, during violent confrontation aboard MV Mavi Marmara 9 activists killed and several activists and soldiers injured
  • 2012 Egypt formally ends its 31 year state of emergency
  • 2013 First tornado chaser to be killed by a tornado; Tim Samara and two others killed by El Reno tornado in Oklahoma, the widest ever recorded at 2.6 miles (4.2 km)

Music History

2014 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube

  • 2015 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)
  • 2015 5th Critics' Choice Television Awards: Silicon Valley wins Best Comedy Series, The Americans win Best Drama Series

Historic Event

2017 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombasa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Famous Photo

2017 Comedienne Kathy Griffin fired from CNN after photo of her holding bloody head resembling Donald Trump by Tyler Shields posted

Sports History

2018 Zinédine Zidane announces his resignation as Real Madrid manager after 3 successive Champions League titles

Film & TV History

2018 Matt LeBlanc announces he is leaving TV show "Top Gear"

  • 2018 Danish government bans garments that cover the face, including the niqab and burqa
  • 2018 Uganda's parliament imposes tax on social media to stop gossip

Meeting of Interest

2018 Kim Kardashian West meets US President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform

  • 2019 Disgruntled employee shoots and kills 12 people at a US municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 2019 US President Donald Trump threatens to impose extra 5% tax on Mexican goods if country does not increase its efforts to curb immigration

Film & TV History

2019 Former "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson is announced as the new Batman

  • 2021 China's ruling Communist Party announces it will allow married couples to have three children, in effort to boost falling birthrates [1]
  • 2021 Peru says its COVID-19 death toll is three times higher than its official count (180,764 vs 68,000), making it one of the hardest high countries per population
  • 2021 Tulsa, Oklahoma, marks 100 year anniversary of the massacre of hundreds of black residents by a white mob in the Greenwood neighborhood

Sports History

2021 Naomi Osaka pulls out of the French Open citing her mental health, after refusing to appear at compulsory post match press conferences